Jun 12 2014

McGrath – Victoria

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Victoria-McGrath_Siver-BirchVictoria McGrath was born and raised in country NSW. At the age of four she taught herself to read and has rarely had her nose out of a book ever since. After a nomadic childhood her family settled in Queanbeyan where Victoria remained until 1999 when she and her husband, Allan, and three children moved to Yass.

After a career in the fields of employment and education in the public service, with her last position being Executive Director of International Literacy Year, Victoria embraced fulltime parenting for some years before the threat of fulltime poverty propelled her back into the workforce. She and Allan opened Kidz Blitz, a boutique gift shop for children, an undertaking which ensured that her writing would be relegated to the hours when most sane people are asleep.

A founding member and former convenor of Yass Valley Writers, Victoria has won a number of poetry awards and was shortlisted in 2013 for the highly prestigious Newcastle Poetry Prize. She has been published widely in online competitions, regional newspapers and The Canberra Times, Australian journals such as Cordite and Five Bells, and US journals such as Silver Birch Press.

Victoria has also had a number of poems published in anthologies, most recently Australian Love Poems 2013 (ed. Mark Tredinnick, Inkerman and Blunt), Stars Like Sand, Australian Speculative Poetry (IP) 2014 and Flood, Fire and Famine! School of Music Poets 2014.

She has performed in a range of events including as featured poet at the Bundanoon Winterfest in 2011 and 2012. A publisher has expressed interest in her first manuscript, an achievement which she says would be even more exciting if she actually had one!